EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American Hall of Fame Committee announced on Wednesday the 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame class, which includes former track and field and cross country coach Reid Harter, former baseball players Ron Edquist and Jesse Trinidad, former men's golfer Mike Brisky and former women's track and field star Monica Wesley Swift. The committee also nominated former UTPA President Dr. Ralph F. Schilling III into the Hall of Honor.
The Hall of Fame induction luncheon will take place in the UTPA Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11:00 a.m.
Harter led the women's team to five Cross Country American South Conference Titles in the 1980s. He was also honored American South Conference Coach of the Year every season from 1987 through 1990 for cross country, and from 1989 through 1991 for track.
Edquist played for the Broncs from 1973 through 1976. He pitched a no-hitter against Dallas Baptist in 1975 and one-hitters in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Edquist received South Central Regional All-Tournament accolades in 1976, and holds the program record for career pitching wins with 38. He is also first in games started (54), second in complete games (34), second in innings pitched (331), fourth in strikeouts (285) and tenth in ERA (1.93). After graduating, Edquist played for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in 1976 and the McAllen Dusters in 1977. He became the head baseball coach at Los Fresnos High School in 1995.
Trinidad holds the NCAA Division I record for most shutouts with 14, accomplished between 1974 and 1976. During his time with the Broncs, he pitched three one-hitters, one in 1974 and two in 1976. He pitched seven shutouts in 1976, ranking him second in the nation. Trinidad ranks third on the Broncs' all-time wins list (30), third in complete games (20), fifth in ERA (1.46), seventh in strikeouts (217) and tenth in innings pitched (234.2). He went on to play for the WhiteWings in 1976, going 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA over the course of eight games (seven starts).
While with the Broncs, Brisky recorded multiple top-10 finishes, including three of them at the Pan American University Golf Classic in 1983, 1984 and 1986. In 1984, he fired a 67, which is the third-lowest single-round score ever by a Broncs golfer. After graduating, Brisky went on to play seven years on the PGA Tour and three on the Nationwide Tour, earning nearly two million dollars. Twice during his PGA career he forced a playoff for an event championship, taking second place at the 1995 Buick Open and the 1999 John Deere Classic.
Swift competed for the Broncs from 1987 through 1991 and was one of the best performers in program history in the long jump and the triple jump. Swift holds the program record in the outdoor triple jump with a mark of 41'6", and in the indoor long jump with a mark of 19'3.5". Swift also spent time as track and field and cross country head coach at Edinburg Economedies High School.
Schilling was appointed President by the Edinburg College Board of Regents in 1960, and remained in charge of the institution until 1981. Schilling led what was then known as Pan American College through a period of rapid growth, admission to the state system and transition from college to university. He also presided over the most successful era of Bronc athletics, including five-straight men's tennis NAIA National Championships (1961 through 1966), the 1963 men's basketball NAIA National Championship, and a trip to the 1971 College World Series in baseball, where the Broncs finished fourth out of eight. The baseball team made the NCAA Tournament 12 times during Schilling's tenure.
"We are excited to be able to recognize a group of such high quality individuals who have meant a lot to UTPA and the entire Rio Grande Valley. Several of our inductees were players and/or coaches locally after graduation. Additionally, the honor for Dr. Schilling is particularly deserving after inducting five of our National Champion men's tennis players and one of our five championship teams over the past five years, since he presided over the golden age of Bronc athletics. The examples set by him and all of our Hall of Fame athletes are ones that we try to follow everyday," UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King said.
Space is limited and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP in advance. For more information about the UTPA Athletics Hall of Fame, call 956-665-2221 or visit utpabroncs.com/halloffame.